What a shame that some are so eager to rush to judgment and to promote a political agenda out of this. It's not just the anti-gun people; there's an open letter at Daily Kos expressing the hope that Rick Warren will now use his personal tragedy to stop making "hateful" remarks to the LGBT community. Daily Kos: My Prayer for Rick Warren upon the suicide of his son, Matthew
Why else would this be true?The nine states that rank lowest in terms of gun prevalence are the very same nine that rank lowest for suicide rates. Similarly, the three states top-ranked for gun prevalence can be found among the four states ranking highest for suicide rates.
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It's always devastating when someone so young dies with such a potential for life ahead of them and parents losing their children is just wrong. I hope his son is finally at peace since it sounds like he didn't have it when he was live. Yet, even as I say all of this, it's very hard for me to detach Rick Warren, the grieving father, from Rick Warren, the man who contributed to the mentalities that cause many gay youth to despair. I'm not sure what to do with that.
"It ain't what they call you, it's what you answer to." - W. C. Fields
Don't get me wrong, i actually do feel bad for him because it has to be hard to watch year after year with your child in so much pain they want to die, and having nothing that can stop it. It sounds like he really did try to find something to help and there was just nothing. I doubt his faith's hatred of suicide pushed the kid over the edge, but I also doubt it made his time any less painful.
Suicides are recounted in the Bible without condemnation. That belief otherwise is a persistent inferred belief based upon the Thou shall not Kill Commandment in the same way the rapture is not supported in the Bible but persists in many people's thinking. My question for you is do you have sources saying Warren took all these positions you seem to think he has or are you just stereotyping him based upon his Evangelical alignment? He is not necessarily a conventional pastor from what little I know of him.
The opposite of hero is not villain, it is "bystander"
" In doing what we ought we deserve no praise, because it is our duty." -Aurelius Augustine
"But why do they use them to make Brawndo??!!"